USAID Launches the Second DAWERR IDEATHON 2022 For Solutions in Solid Waste Management

Posted on May 1, 2022

It is an opportunity for young individuals, entrepreneurs, and non-registered startups to develop their innovative and sustainable solid waste solutions”

Over three days, on June 10, 11 and 12, the Diverting Waste by Encouraging Reuse and Recycling (DAWERR) activity, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is launching in collaboration with Berytech the second edition of the Ideathon. Based on the success of the Ideathon 2021, the Ideathon 2022 encourages entrepreneurship in the Solid Waste Management (SWM) sector in Lebanon.  It is an opportunity for young individuals, entrepreneurs, and non-registered startups to develop their innovative and sustainable solid waste solutions around three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) of Municipal Solid Waste Management (SWM), thereby helping to address the challenges impacting Lebanon, especially its rural communities.

Entrepreneurs/startups from all over Lebanon will be invited to formulate a Proof of Concept (PoC), a prototype, or a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to scale up and grow in the market.

The top six winners will have access to an incubation program delivered by Berytech providing business and technical assistance to support and validate their business idea before competing to be selected among the top three finalists and receiving in-kind grants to developing an MVP.

Who can apply?

You are encouraged to apply if you have one team working on solving challenges in the solid waste management sector and can meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Each startup must be comprised of at least two members and a maximum of four
  • Startups must not be registered as a legal entity
  • Startups must have a Proof of Concept (PoC), Minimum Viable Product MVP, or prototype
  • All team leaders and members must be Lebanese nationals
  • Most of the startup members must have completed their undergraduate studies

Learn more and Apply: https://berytech.org/events/dawerr-ideathon-2022/

About DAWERR

Diverting Waste by Encouraging Reuse and Recycling (DAWERR) is a five-year activity funded by USAID and implemented by ECODIT in partnership with Berytech, Compost Baladi, ECODIT Liban and ELARD. It aims to improve the social, environmental, and economic well-being of Lebanese citizens by establishing sustainable solid waste recovery and diversion programs in collaboration with municipalities throughout rural areas in Lebanon.